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How to Write a Resume

This entry is part 6 of 6 in the series Resources

The goal of a well written and designed resume is to increase the odds that you get interviews and land the job you seek as quickly as possible. There are a number of simple strategies and techniques of writing a resume that will help you to land that perfect job. Read on and find out secret tips and tricks that will help you to write a winning resume.

Step 1: Define Your Objective and Job Qualifications

The first step in writing a resume is to determine your objective. Your objective is the kind of job that you want to work in. Your resume will only be effective if you have a specific target job in mind when you write it. Make a list of possible job titles within the field that you want to work in.

Then make a list of the qualifications required to get a job in this field. A good way to research job qualifications is to look at job descriptions, job boards, job postings, and the Labor of Bureau Statistics online.

Step 2: Write an Outline of Your Work History

In step two, you write an outline of the last 5 jobs that you have worked in. Include the following in your job outline:

Company Name

Location of Company (City and State)

Dates Worked at Job

Job Title

Job Duties

Step 3: Write a Summary of Your Professional Skills in Your Field

In a professional summary you should ask yourself the following questions:

How many years of experience do you have in your career field?

What is unique about your abilities that makes you an asset to the companies you will be applying to?

What are your best-selling qualifications for this type of work?

Why should an employer hire you over all the other applicants who will also apply for this position?

Are there any specific ways that you can think of that you can help a company or its clients?

Step 4: Writing Job Responsibility Bullets

The next step is to write your job responsibility bullets in a quantifiable manner. The goal is to quantify in numerical terms what you actually did in your previous job. For example, a blandly written bullet would read:

Perform shipping and receiving

This bullet quantifies the level of responsibility the person had:

Manage shipping and receiving of more than a 750,000 packages of a multimillion-dollar nationwide clothing firm with 95 locations and more than 120,000 patrons served.

When you write your job responsibility bullets and need to quantify ask yourself the following questions:

What are the dollar amounts involved?

What are the time frames involved?

What are the percentages?

How often did you perform the task?

How fast did you perform the task?

How big was the task?

Now write the bullets for each job you had that you will put on your resume.

Step 5: Bringing It All Together

The final step is to pick a resume template and type in the information that you have written down. When you put in your personal information make sure that you use a professionally sounding e-mail address and use a phone number that will be answered in a professional manner if you are unavailable.

The next information you will type in the template is the objective and qualifications portion. This is where you will type in the job you are seeking and a few sentences about why you are highly qualified over other candidates for this position.

The work history typically falls next in line in a chronological resume. This is where you type in you work history and the job responsibility bullets. The education portion will come next. Only include education information if you have attended college or a technical school.

In conclusion, writing a resume can be simple to do if you take the time to assess and quantify your qualifications and skills.

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